Budget 2013: Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will deliver on Thursday the budget for the 2013/14 fiscal year that starts on April 1.
Chidambaram is expected to push fiscal consolidation through spending cuts while looking to increase revenues to ward off the threat of a credit rating downgrade.
Following are expectations from economists, analysts, investors and companies from the budget.
* Government target seen at 4.8 percent of gross domestic product for 2013/14
* Government has revised 2012/13 target to 5.3 percent of gross domestic product, compared with 5.1 percent estimated in the budget in March.
* Government's GDP growth forecast for 2013/14 seen at 6 to 6.5 percent, compared with a decade-low of 5 percent in 2012/13 according to estimates released by the ministry of statistics. The finance minister has said the economy should expand 5.5 percent in 2012/13.
* Analysts expect net government borrowing below 5 trillion rupees ($92.4 billion) in FY14, little changed from 4.67 trillion rupees in FY13
* Total subsidy burden seen falling by 400 billion-500 billion rupees from estimated 2.6 trillion rupees in FY13
* Ratio of subsidy payments to GDP seen below 2 percent by the end of 2013/14, compared with preliminary expectations of about 2.5 percent in 2012/13
* FY14 food subsidy bill seen between 850 billion and 1 trillion rupees versus 750 billion rupees budget estimates for current year
* Likely to cut fertiliser subsidy by at least 15 percent for 2013/14
* Finance minister plans to cut FY14 public spending target by up to 10 percent from FY13's original target Of 14.9 trillion rupees
* Spending on defence, rail, other development and welfare projects to be cut, according to Reuters sources
* FY13 public expenditure already reduced by 9 percent fromoriginal target
* Likely to target 400 billion rupees via stake sales in FY14 in state-run companies versus estimated 300 billion rupees in FY13
* Likely to lay out roadmap for implementation of goods and services tax (GST)
* Low expectations for increase in headline corporate tax rates
* Income tax slabs may be increased
* May remove cap on foreign institutional investments in rupee-denominated corporate bonds, or at least in infrastructure bonds
* May expand definition of term "infrastructure" to include companies that develop affordable housing
* May simplify processes for foreign investors
* Seen removing withholding tax on corporate bonds that have no restrictions on maturity or lock-in periods, or bring it down substantially
* May abolish or reduce securities transaction tax on equity investments
* May remove import